Zenith-in-Action gives boost to youth projects
With the Zenith-in-Action presentations just one month away Richmond youth are getting their best project ideas ready.
Hosted by the Richmond Youth Foundation, Zenith is an annual competition that aims to promote youth leadership by supporting innovative community projects.
It will bring together some of the best ideas in Richmond and showcase the talent that exists in the community.
Last year’s winner, Gratisvore, is a student-initiated program that aims to recover and reduce produce in the local community.
“Often perfectly edible produce is thrown away because it looks ‘ugly,’” says Yichen Zhang, president of the organization. “We hope to bring awareness to the global food waste and to teach the public that the appearance of food should not matter.”
Currently, Gratisvore is working with Gilmore Park United Church and canning recovered produce to serve in its soup kitchen. So far they have recovered 100 kilograms of produce that would have otherwise gone to waste.
“Without the funding and support of (Zenith) Gratisvore would not have been possible,” says Zhang.
“The competition really helped us to gain traction and solidify the details. Plus the funding was indispensable in our promotion process.”
The application for project ideas is now closed but the showcase of the projects is scheduled for April 28 at Lansdowne Centre. The audience will have a chance to vote for their favourite projects.